Topic：Next-Generation Transparent Electrode Materials
Optoelectronic devices require at least one electrode to be transparent. Indiun tin oxide (ITO) is traditionally used as the transparent electrode of optoelectronic devices. But ITO has problems of scarce indium on earth and poor mechanical flexibility. Conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes, graphene and metal wire grids have been proposed to be the transparent electode materials. Among them, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) is promising to be the next-generation transparent electrode material due to its solution processability, low cost and high transparency in visible range. However, the as-prepared PEDOT:PSS film obtained from PEDOT:PSS aqueous solution usually has conductivity below 1 S cm-1, remarkably lower than ITO. Here, I will present several novel methods to significantly enhance the conductivity of PEDOT:PSS. The conductivity can be enhanced to be more than 3000 S cm-1, which is higher than that of ITO on plastic and comparable to ITO on glass.